Common Walking Problems Part 1 of 6 – Overstriding

March 6, 2018  by Dr. Suki Munsell
Avoid the 6 Common Walking Problems that limit the great benefits you get from your daily walk. Stay tuned each week for simple solutions. Transform walking problems into walking solutions.

1. OVER-STRIDING

The Problem: To walk faster, many people take longer steps. This increase in stride length creates shock and compression into the joints, especially the heels and knees.

Warning Signs: a bouncy or noisy walk with heel, knee or low back pain that increases during or after walking.

Somatic Experience: The psychological feeling of over-striding may be biting off more than you can chew or getting ahead of yourself. You may feel rushed, over-extended, impatient, or make unrealistic demands on yourself or others. The antidote is to breath, relax, enjoy the gift of the present moment, and change your stride.

The Solution: Take shorter steps to ground your bouncy walk. Shorten your stride. Keep your steps under your body where you have greater traction and can push off more forcefully.

Exercise: Shorter, Quicker Steps.  Practice a shorter stride for one-minute intervals. Start with very, very small steps and gradually lengthen maintaining ground traction. Repeat 5-8 times during each walk, with at least 1 minute in between each interval.  You’ll walk faster, smoother, and safer lifelong.

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